detail of cloudscape painting. watercolor on fabriano hot press

My instructor praised my “use of symbolism in the cloud shapes” for this painting, but really I was just going by one of the many photographs I took of a gorgeous Humboldt County sunset. Sometimes a cloud is just a cloud.

cloudscape. watercolor on fabriano hot press, 6x4 inches
cloudscape. watercolor on fabriano hot press, 6×4 inches

Of course now that she’s said that, I find myself moved by the poignant struggle illustrated by the tank-shaped cloud on the right mercilessly pursuing the poor turtle carrying a pastry in his mouth, as he tries to feed the ravenous bunny with the detachable jaw on the right.

…nope, still just a bunch of pretty clouds.

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